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BASIC OVERVIEW OF WHAT THE U.S. IMMIGRATION LAW DEALS WITH

Immigration Law in the United States is a wide arena to deal with as it encompasses various situations a person might have to encounter relating to traveling from a different country.

 

The most common scenarios and streams of Immigration Law are :

 

  • Visiting the country: Visitors of the United States often come due to the purposes of tourism or meeting loved ones or with medical needs or for social meetings or events.

They go through a process of proving their eligibility for the required visas and go through the application process. For this category, the visitors require a B-2 visitor visa.

For Business purposes, the visitors are required to apply for a B-1 business visa.

 

 

  • Employment in the U.S.: For obtaining access to employment in the United States, it is important for the employee to gain the status of a permanent resident to be able to cater to any job opportunity in any part of the country. But in cases of not qualifying for permanent resident status, they are to apply for a temporary work visa.

 

 

  • Green Card Acquirement: The Permanent Resident Card i.e. the Green Card is given to immigrants or parolees but it has some of the most important criteria to abide by in order to obtain permanent citizenship through this card.

 

It is provided mainly to highly skilled employees and employers, immediate relatives of the citizens of the U.S.A., eligible refugees and seekers of asylum, long time residents. A limited number of Green Card visas are issued and as the process is a tedious and complex one thereby only selected immigrants are eligible for it.

 

  • Naturalization: The process of Naturalization i.e. becoming a naturalized citizen is an extensive procedure with heaps of paperwork, background confirmation, interview, and testing, ending with the mandatory oath of allegiance. Naturalization comes with similar benefits as that of a natural-born citizen of the U.S. thereby this process is a popular one.

 

  • Process of Border entry: The cross-border entry rules might be a cumbersome process but the correct consultancy and the right procedure make the experience painless. The process is incorporated with the subsection of ” Border Entry Rules ” which includes all the border crossing formalities with additional border entry information. The overview mainly is applicable on
  • Lawful Permanent Citizens who are Green Card Holders.
  • Citizens from foreign countries
  • Citizens of Canada and Mexico
  • Trust Traveler programs

 

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why the dignity act is the key to fixing the immigration system

Why the Dignity Act is the key to fixing the Immigration System?

 

The world-known American culture and history have been shaped by immigration. But in spite of a major ratio of the population of America being immigrants and catering to the country’s best interests for a long time, they had not been bestowed with the most immigration-friendly rights on their plate. 

 

Maria Elvira Salazar, Representative of Miami Republic, had introduced a residency program in the form of legislation for the betterment of the immigrants of the U.S. 

 

  • The 483 paged bill by Salazar constructs a solid path of allowance of citizenship in the USA with completion of programs in over 15 years. 
  • It incorporates initiatives to increase border security.
  • It includes a program for seekers of asylum. 
  • It includes legal residential rights to immigrants who have not been documented on the authorized papers of the country. 

 

The key provisions of the act are as follows : 

  • A path to becoming a citizen for the Dreamers and holders of temporary protected status.
  •  This Dignity Act, which is a bill in relation to the Dignity Programme, gives an allowance to work in the United States for a period of 10 years. And it mandates an annual payment of $10,000 to the fund for employment training. 
  • After ten years’ tenure, the Dignity Program participants will have an option to participate in a Redemption program which will lay down the path for permanent residence and the United States citizenship. The program features requirements of
  1. i) Having knowledge about English and Civics
  2. ii) Engaging in local volunteer work

iii) Paying a residual amount of $7,500

  • Providing funds for border security, i.e., physical security technological security, alongside hiring 3,000 new security personnel for U.S. Customs and Border Protection + Homeland Security.
  • Extend the Agricultural Guest Work Programme and take care of the seasonal labor requirements. 
  • Abiding by the cause by housing asylum applicants at the border with a count of 1,700 new personnel to look into the cases. 
  • Nationwide E-verify.

 

At the end of 2021, Democrats of Congress had proposed reforms for the inclusion of immigration in a certain act termed to be Build Back Better Act (BBBA), which had precisely aimed to aid the undocumented immigrants of the United States with parole and authorization work. The BBBA also had included steps for diminishing reserves pertinent to the green card and providing certain applicants with the citizenship card in lieu of a fee. But owing to circumstances, the act did not get passed. 

 

Congresswoman Salazar with other Republicans introduced the Dignity Act, referring to it as a ” rebuttal ” to the previously planned BBBA. 

 

The most noteworthy point about this U.S. citizenship and immigration services friendly proposal is that it promises an assured future for unauthorized and undocumented immigrants while taking care of the visa programs of H-2A and H-2B during the seasonal labor phase in lieu of ordaining E-verify and Border security. 

 

the effects of immigrant visas on the us economy

The Effect(s) of Immigrant Visas On The U.S. Economy

A recent Immigration Bill Reform by President Joe Biden concerning the citizenship of around 10.5 million immigrants who are not documented on the papers has created quite a round of debates by immigration critics. 

 

Disparagers of the Immigration phenomena have posed debates of how Immigration of natives of other countries mars the status of employment and growth of the natural citizens of the States. 

During the Presidentship of Trump and the Covid-19 situation, the US had seen a rampant decrease in the number of immigrants, which gave rise to a number of problems that directly affected the economy of the United States amidst all the losses rooted in the worldwide pandemic. 

 

One of the most indispensable effects on the economy was the labor shortage. And that entailed a lesser supply of resources in markets, diminishing capacity to cater to demands, the lesser labor force in restaurants, malls, and other employment sectors, and most of all, the incapacity of industries to hire enough workers. 

 

When Biden increased the number of H-2B visas by 20,000, many criticisms were laid out; however, the US citizenship visas bear the capability to restrict unlawful entry through the borders, which can also be the reason for unfortunate deaths on an annual basis. 

 

When GDP is calculated, the results have perpetually inclined in favor of immigration visas as a surplus in immigration visas leads to an increase in production and, of course, the Gross Domestic Product. In simpler terms, the United States citizenship visas lead to booming sectors in terms of economic status, productivity, and surplus alongside a boost in creativity, international relations, and an increment of wages with more industrial profit. 

 

As everything goes in the world, even the most positive affairs have downsides to them too. Immigration visas accrue to an expenditure of a lump sum amount from the administrative sectors. Furthermore, it occupies space in the country and lowers the income of fellow workers. It is important to note that the immigration surplus does not personally profit the workers in the lower strata but as a ratio of the industry. 

 

But in the face of the greater good, i.e., the bigger profit, the downsides are mostly ephemeral and short-lived. At the same time, the profits result in a pertinent development in the industry and sector. 

 

Although the democratic country boasts of a large sector of the population being authorized immigrants, the estimation of undocumented and unauthorized immigrants is almost 12 million. 

If a certain amount of immigrants can elevate productivity, it goes without saying that a larger amount will cause a bigger percentage of increment in terms of productivity and labor strength. 

 

The immigration visas will ensue: 

  • An increase in revenues, a better livelihood for the immigrants.
  • Benefits as other citizens.
  • Large-scale labor output. 

 

When a major ratio of the population is left to be illegitimate or unauthorized, it leaves a larger risk of growth in crime rates resulting in the jeopardy of society. Accordingly, we can safely conclude that immigrant visas have both positive and negative effects. Still, as a democracy that has largely been dependent on the labor supply and productivity of immigrant citizens owing to a rich history that confirms the foundation of the development of the culture has been reliant on the immigration and citizenship facilities given out to the natives of other countries mostly for the motive of employment, immigration visas are a necessity for the furtherance of the economy and the society it is associated with. 

 

The 4 Basic Types of Travel Visas.

 

 

There are many distinct visas required when traveling in a country outside of your own country of citizenship. Travel, business, and work are the common reasons to have to apply for a visa. 

A visa to the U.S. is a document that allows a non-U.S. citizen or non-permanent resident to apply to visit the United States for a particular reason. It is a Non-immigrant Visa for temporary stay or an immigrant Visa for a permanent stay.

Below are the four main sub-types of visa 

Visa Type Description

Type #1: Tourist visa

Type #2: Immigration and naturalization visas (including by marriage)

Type #3: Student visas 

Type #4: Business or work visas 

Type #1 – Tourist or Business Visa Requirements: 

When talking about tourist or business visas, a non-immigrant visa is for a temporary stay for work purposes or holidays, such as attending a conference, touring a destination, or visiting a family member. You can apply for two types of Visas: B-1/B-2 visa. 

B-1 for business associates travel for a scientific, professional, business convention, educational, or conference on specific dates.

B-2 for recreational travel such as tourism, visits with friends and family, medical treatment and activities, social or service activities.

Type #2 – Immigration Visa 

An immigration visa permits another person to stay in a country permanently. This is closely related to the naturalization and citizenship process; the citizenship process, also known as naturalization, is the last step in becoming a full citizen of the U.S. (Note: Go to www.gehilegal.com to study and prepare for your U.S. Citizenship)

Green Card holders should sit tight five years before applying for citizenship. There are different ways to get an immigrant visa through family, employment, investment, the diversity lottery, refugee or asylum status, the Registry, and the director of the CIA.

Type #3 – Student Visa

A student visa (F or M) is required to study in the United States. A student visa is also a non-immigrant visa.

Any foreign national studying in the U.S. will need a U.S. F and M Student Visa. This visa includes the group of visas for academics and educational experts going offshore for particular work trips. 

These types of visas are considered J visas, which might also be considered work visas.

Type #4 – Work Visa 

If you have a good education, skills, and work experience, you may be able to work permanently in the United States by looking for an employment-based immigrant visa.

Some immigrant visa inclinations expect you to have a job offer from a U.S. business. This job will be considered your sponsor. 

Many different types of work visas exist,

E,H,L,O,P,I,TN/TD,J,

Each country wants to ensure that its citizens have priority for the jobs available in that country. Each employment-based visa category contains its requirements for the employment-based visa applicant and their potential employer.

The process of obtaining a visa can be time-consuming and challenging. If you require any assistance from an immigration attorney, consider working with a professional law firm to help you secure your visa before you travel. The firm assists individuals with their primary and complex legal matters. Gehi & Associates attorneys can also acknowledge any questions and assist with preparing anything you’ll need throughout the process.

For more information and advice on US immigration law and US visa applications please contact us  [Call icon] (718) 577-0711 or Email:  info@gehilaw.com or WhatsApp Us now @ +1 (917) 781-0791

 

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https://gehilaw.com/practice-areas/immigration-lawyer-nyc/

https://gehilaw.com/visa-types/

 

References:

  1. https://upgradedpoints.com/travel/4-basic-types-of-travel-visas/
  2. https://traveltips.usatoday.com/types-visas-travel-19314.html

H-1B visa approval rates are higher in FY21 as demand rises for tech talent in the U.S.

 

Are you a foreign citizen working as a doctor, lawyer, architect, computer programmer, or research scientist?

If you have at least a baccalaureate or bachelor’s degree and your profession requires highly specialized skills, this visa may be the right one for you!

What is an H-1B Visa?

 The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant, employment-based visa approved by the USCIS only for individual professionals who are temporary workers looking to work in the U.S. for a particular employer. 

 An essential requirement for obtaining an H-1B visa is to ensure that the job qualifies as a “specialty occupation” such as computer professionals, architects, medical doctors (who have passed their USMLE exams), civil engineers, lawyers, researchers, and marketing professionals. 

Every year, up to 65,000 new H-1B visas are issued, with an additional 20,000 being available to those individuals who received a master’s degree or higher from a U.S. institution of higher education. To get this visa, the employer must offer such an employee in the U.S. and sponsor a petition with the U.S. Immigration Department. Once approved by USCIS, this petition can serve as a work permit for the mentioned employer.

 In June 2020, the U.S. Immigration Department overturned two policy memos relating to adjudicating some H-1B visa positions based on the settlement with the U.S.-based IT Industry Body, IT Serve Alliance.

 Recently, in F.Y. 2021, it is seen that the demand for H-1B visas for employees has increased, mainly focusing on technology talent. 

 According to the Economic Times, “Approval rates for H-1B visas in the quarter to June and in the first three quarters of the U.S. financial year were 98.1% and 97%. Respectively, compared to about 84% in 2018 and 2019 during the previous Donald Trump administration which had fallen during the Trump administration as the USCIS started rejecting a higher number of visa applications or asking for additional supporting documents to be submitted.”

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